We head to Geelong this Wednesday for one of the final key lead up races to the Melbourne Cup, the Group 3 Geelong Cup, and we’ve found a few winners to get our eye in for the Cox Plate Carnival this weekend.
BET 365 GEELONG TRACK: Good RAIL: True
R1 Canadian Club 2400m BM70
Looking for the leader back in grade to kick us off on the card, and now out to the 2400m hoping that No.1 Garachico can take up a position close to the pace here. Has been more tha passable chasing some quality stayers in every outing since moving to Australia and with Blake Shinn taking the reigns this is a sound each way bet to kick us off.
R2 Scaada Group 1100m BM 64
A double play in the second, looking to cover the two Maher/Eustace runners here. No. 5 Veloce Carro was good last start in town behind a horse that has since won again, and No. 13 Cavallo Rampante was a bit of a horror watch for backers last start. Both are a nice each way quote and I think we can get a result out of covering both here.
R3 Marcus Oldham College 1300m Bm70
No. 11 Pantelone has come back in great order for the Godolphin team. Now hard fit and maps perfectly for Damian Lane, the 3YO should be making it 3 wins from his last 4 trips to the racetrack.
R5 Roderick Insurance Brokers 3YO Geelong Classic 2200m Listed
We believe the favourite here is a live Derby chance and this is the logical next step. No. 3 Dulcet resumed well before not getting out of second gear while breaking it’s maiden last start. Chris Waller has secured the services of Australia’s premier jockey James McDonald just for good measure which makes this starter one of the good things of the day.
R7 BET365 Geelong Cup 2400m Group 3
Sticking with the favourite here in what is far from the strongest Geelong Cup we’ve seen in recent memory. First Immortal was only beaten but the farcical pace we often see from Melbourne staying races and was still very brave starting favourite in that race. Jamie Kah is proactive more often that not in here riding so if should this runner take up a spot we think it wins and goes on to the a live chance on the first Tuesday in November.
RANDWICK KENSINGTON TRACK: Good RAIL: +4m
R1 Drinkwise Plate 1000m 2YO fillies Maiden
A race full of debutantes kicks off the Sydney card, but No. 3 Gai’s Artist has caught the eye here. Gerald Ryan has tried this girl away from home, where she sat wide the whole way but still chimed in and raced away impressive. From the inside barrier, is mapped to grab the rail and if she does that we don’t think they get past her. R2 1300 Vale Betty Lane Holland Maiden Plate Yeah, we know. Sorry in advance. It’s absolute last chance, but putting No. 1 Armed Forces on top here. 2 lengths off Steparty resuming then a solid chase at Moonee Valley, we’ve seen plenty of time black type now hold up when dropping back to midweek grade and here’s hoping this Coolmore Colt can finally get the job done here, or it might be on the next float to Rockhampton.
R6 Cactus Imaging Handicap 1100m BM64
A tricky race here but really like the upside of No. 9 Gustosisimo. Some ok efforts in a debut preparation, trialled well before heading to Hawkesbury and winning with a leg in the air. Comes to the right metropolitan race to take the next step and if the rail is still ok at this stage of the afternoon, should bounce straight to the front and be very hard to gun down.
R7 TAB Handicap 1250m Bm72
The class runner on the card resumes here. No. 3 Shohei has some irresistible form around it, including a win over Parisal earlier in the year. Last preparation was taken straight to Melbourne where it gave classy mare Foxy Frida a real fright. Bouncing off that with some lovely trials this time, with even luck will resume with another win.
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Check back later this week for Show Us Your Tips, as Daggy & Beaver will be pulling double duty to cover Moonee Valley this Friday night, as well as the Cox Plate card Saturday!